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Matter of Faith: Waterloo congregation celebrates 150 years

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Kimball Avenue United Methodist Church in Waterloo is celebrating 150 years as a congregation.

"The religious group that formed it, organized itself just 12 years after the founding of Waterloo by non-native settlers. Then a few years later in 1862, the first regularly assigned pastor began preaching regularly to this congregation," said Pastor Karen Larson.

Pastor Larson only came to the church three months ago, but she's thrilled to be a part of this church's long-standing tradition in Waterloo.

"During the course of 150 years, this church has had several names, this church had several buildings, but it's the same Jesus. The people 150 years ago loved Jesus and the people today still love Jesus," said Larson.

The current building was constructed in 1955. Recently, the church opened a time capsule buried on the grounds that year. They found a newspaper, a Bible and other artifacts. The plan is to rebury another time capsule in its place.

Also to commemorate 150 years as a congregation, the church has a couple special events planned. On Saturday, October 20th the church is hosting a "Meet and Greet at 5 p.m. followed by a catered supper. The cost is $10 for adults.

"We invite everybody, a friend, member or past member of this church to attend," said Pastor Larson.

Then on Sunday, October 21st, the Bishop of the Iowa Annual Conference of United Methodist Churches, Julius Trimble, is scheduled to be the guest preacher at 9:30 a.m.

Pastor Karen Larson invites everyone to help Kimball Avenue United Methodist Church celebrate 150 years. A very impressive milestone for any congregation.

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